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The 3D, CG-animated family comedy “Arthur Christmas” , an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, added a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated Feature to a growing list of accolades. The year’s best-reviewed animated-movie, now playing in wide release, Arthur Christmas also won a nomination from The Broadcast Film Critics Association for a Critics’ Choice Award on Tuesday, and was named Best Animated Feature by the San Diego Film Critics.
This latest recognition follows nominations for 6 Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Writing, from ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on December 5. Since opening in the UK on November 11 and in North America on November 23, Arthur Christmas has earned tremendous critical acclaim, registering a solid 92% ‘Fresh’ on the popular RottenTomatoes.com movie review website. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/arthur_christmas/
“I’m just delighted that the brilliant craftsmanship, hard work and dedication of the team who made Arthur Christmas has been honoured by these nominations,” said director and co-writer Sarah Smith when reached at her home in London. “We hope the movie gives Christmas pleasure!”
The 3D, CG-animated family-comedy, Arthur Christmas, at last reveals the incredible, never-before-seen answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero: Santa’s youngest son, Arthur. When this amazing operation misses one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur, the least capable Claus, embarks on a hilarious, exciting rogue mission against the clock with his politically incorrect grandfather Grandsanta and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf named Bryony, to deliver the last present before Christmas morning dawns.
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation present an Aardman production, Arthur Christmas, starring the voice performances of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen. It was directed by Sarah Smith, produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Carla Shelley, and Steve Pegram; it was written by Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith. The Co-Producer is Chris Juen; the Co-Executive Producer is Peter Baynham; the Co-Director is Barry Cook; and the music is by Harry Gregson-Williams.